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Nancye and Todd to join forces again with their brand new show Bosom Buddies!

October, 2017

Candid Confessions From Beyond the Curtain

Nancye Hayes is Australia's leading lady of musical theatre
Todd McKenney is Australia's favourite song and dance man
Together on stage, these two stars are brightly shining

Nancye Hayes and Todd McKenney are pals, chums, bosom buddies. In this new show, they reflect on their stage careers and their life in showbiz. They sing, they dance, they reminisce - about the lows as well as the highs. They tell back stage stories never before told and they show video footage never before seen. This true story is, in turns, moving, poignant and hilarious. As part of each performance the audience is invited to ask the questions they've always wanted to ask. Answers guaranteed!

TOURING in 2018


Todd and I, together again for a fundraising luncheon to support breast cancer, in Canberra this December.

September, 2017

Nancye to play Mrs Forsythe in The Production Company's Brigadoon  at the Arts Centre Melbourne, from 28 October 2017.

August, 2017

Brigadoon is the story of New Yorkers Tommy Albright and Jeff Douglas who get lost on their vacation to the Scottish Highlands, and stumble upon Brigadoon, a mythical village that appears for one day every hundred years. Tommy – who has a fiance in New York – soon falls in love with Fiona, a young woman from Brigadoon. And as Tommy learns, to fall in love means staying forever.

Rohan Browne, Australia's leading man of song and dance, stars as Tommy and soprano Genevieve Kingsford makes her Production Company debut as Fiona. The legendary Nancye Hayes is the matriarch Mrs Forsythe, the heart and soul of Brigadoon. Elise McCann is the hilarious Meg, who looks for love in all the wrong places. Luke Joslin is Jeff, Tommy's fun but cynical best friend who doesn't believe in love. Also starring Stefanie Jones, Matthew Manahan, Stephen Hall, Sally Bourne and Joel Granger.

Director Jason Langley, Musical Director Michael Tyack and Costume Desigenr Isaac Lummis who created Dusty last season, return for Brigadoon. They are joined by an incredible creative team.

28 OCT - 5 NOV 2017
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre

Nancye to play Minnie in Minnie & Liraz  at the Arts Centre Melbourne, from May 2017.

February, 2017

This riotous new play about two fiercely competitive bridge-playing grandmothers stars Virginia Gay, Nancye Hayes and Sue Jones in a charming odd-ball story that will leave you grinning.

The Autumn Road Retirement Village in Caulfield has a fiercely competitive bridge club, but with old age doing its inevitable work, no bridge partnership lasts for long. When Minnie loses her playing partner in an unfortunate swimming accident, Liraz is desperate for them to team up. You see, Minnie has a granddaughter and Liraz has a grandson. Both are hopelessly single. Laying all her cards on the table, Minnie is bidding hearts.

After her success with Neighbourhood Watch, playwright Lally Katz returns to MTC with a characteristically oddball story of kindly Jewish grandparents and raw ambition. As riotously funny and brilliantly original as you would expect a brainchild of Lally Katz to be, Minnie & Liraz has a misfit charm that will leave you grinning.

12 MAY - 24 JUNE 2017
Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio

Nancye to play Mrs Brice in Funny Girl  at the State Theatre Melbourne in July.

June 2016

The brilliant Caroline O'Connor stars in Gale Edwards' new staging of Funny Girl, a musical about the great Broadway comedienne, Fanny Brice. Told in flashback, we follow her life from stage struck teen to stardom in the Ziegfeld Follies, and her stormy relationship with the debonair gambler Nick Arnstein.

The sensational Australian tenor David Hobson makes his TPC debut as Nick Arnstein. The legendary Nancye Hayes is Fanny's mother, Mrs Brice.

Jule Styne's incredible score includes the unforgettable hits: Don't Rain On My Parade, People and I'm The Greatest Star.

"Caroline O'Connor is a card-carrying musical comedy phenomenon. As Fanny Brice, she is stunningly versatile, attacking with equal skill, gags or drama, choreography or song." – Herald Sun


Nancye to play Hattie in Follies in Concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

May 2016

A stellar line-up of Australian musical theatre stars including David Hobson, Lisa McCune and Nancye Hayes come together for a must-see theatrical event, the celebrated Follies in Concert

With 23 musicians playing the full and original Broadway orchestrations and further all-star casting to be announced, this presentation of the celebrated Broadway musical, with book by James Goldman and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, will be an evening long remembered.

Originally produced on Broadway in 1971, directed by Harold Prince and Michael Bennett, Follies was nominated for eleven Tony Awards, winning seven including Best Score. The show features the classic hits 'Broadway Baby', 'I'm Still Here', and 'Losing My Mind'.

3 SHOWS ONLY - MAY 23 & 24

Nancye and Todd return for a limited engaement of
Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks

February 2016

The eagerly awaited return of Ensemble Theatre's smash hit comedy. When Lily Harrison (Nancye Hayes), an attractive Florida retiree, advertises for a teacher to help improve her ballroom dancing skills, she doesn't bargain on being landed with Michael (Todd McKenney) and his dancing baggage. As their lessons progress, Michael also discovers that Lily has more than a little emotional history under her hard exterior. A story of two opposites finding each other in the most diverse way possible: Rum-Cha-Cha!

In her first production as guest director, Ensemble Theatre's former Artistic Director Sandra Bates has re-united her dream team of one of Australia's favourite leading ladies, Nancye Hayes, with Australia's leading song and dance man, Todd McKenney, reprising their roles from our original Australian Premiere production. Sandra has directed more than 100 productions for Ensemble Theatre during her 30 year tenure at the helm of the company.


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